Laser-like Focus on Nanotech Design

Computer models developed collaboratively by Penn researchers are instrumental in improving nanocarriers Tiny engineered particles that can hold molecules in their hollow interiors can be targeted to specific tissue types by means of the antibodies on their exteriors. Because the choice of antibodies determines what they can bind to, these nanocarriers can serve as markers […]

Vijay Kumar: Robots That Fly… and Cooperate

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams – for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

Shu Yang Receives PMSE Arthur K. Doolittle Award

Shu Yang, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen, along with her group, to receive the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) for the paper entitled “Understanding pattern transformation mechanisms in different responsive hydrogel membranes.” This award is given to […]

Susan Margulies Receives $6.7 million NIH/NINDS Grant

Susan S. Margulies, Professor and George H. Stephenson Term Chair of Bioengineering, has recently been awarded a $6.7 million, 5-year NIH/NINDS grant to conduct preclinical Cyclosporin A trials to treat pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). This multi-institutional, collaborative study is the first of its kind to use immature porcine models of TBI with developmental and […]

Bioengineering Students and Alumni Receive NSF Research Awards

Graduate Recipients Brent Showalter, doctoral student in the laboratory of Dawn Elliott, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Rachel Truitt, doctoral student in the laboratory of Kenneth B. Margulies, professor of Medicine, have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. Showalter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical […]

Beth Winkelstein and Andrew Tsourkas Receive CSRS Award

Macrophage as a Potential Biomarker for Imaging Radicular Pain, a paper co-authored by Beth Winkelstein and Andrew Tsourkas, has been selected as the First Place Basic Science Research Award Paper by the Cervical Spine Research Society’s (CSRS) Research Committee. The research was performed by students Dan Hubbard (Ph.D. ’08) and Christine Weisshaar in Winkelstein’s Spine […]

Cracking the code inside a worm’s brain

Christopher Fang-Yen, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, studies worms.  Specifically, Caenorhabditis elegans (or C. elegans in short). These transparent, one-millimeter-long creatures have just 302 neurons, and their study allows Fang-Yen to combine his training as a physicist, optical engineer and neurobiologist.  Interested in bringing his expertise in imaging devices to biology, Fang-Yen states, […]

Teaching Discovery Through Smart Experimentation

John Crocker studies “squishy stuff.” A researcher at the nexus of soft-matter physics and cell biology, Crocker employs various methods to develop new materials, to determine how soft (or squishy) a material is, and in the case of living cells, to learn how they determine the squishiness of their own surroundings. As an associate professor […]

Two Approaches to Tissue Engineering Converge

Recently, Jason Burdick and Robert Mauck talked about their collaborations on cartilage and meniscus regeneration and engineered biomaterials. Q. What projects do the two of you work on together? Jason: Rob and I are primarily working on two projects in collaboration, both related to musculoskeletal tissue engineering.  The first project is to develop strategies for […]

Can We Help to Heal Injures Without Causing Scarring?

By transplanting injured fetal sheep tendon tissue into an adult environment, Lou Soslowsky and his colleagues in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, have astonishingly shown that tendons can heal in a scar-less, regenerative manner rather than through a scar-filled, reparative mechanism, a finding that would greatly benefit our tendons when injured.  Scar tissue formed during […]

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